Carmines: IN 120

Origin:
Natural red food colour isolated from the insects Dactylopius coccus, living on different species of succulents. IN 120(i) is the pure colour, whereas IN 120(ii) is the crude extract.Function & characteristics: 

Red food colour. Very soluble in water.

Products:
Many products.

Daily intake:
Up to 5 mg/kg body weight.

Side effects:
No side effects in the concentrations used in foods. Increased hyperactivity has been reported in a few cases. Contact allergy is well known when used in cosmetics.

Dietary restrictions:
As it is extracted from insects, IN 120 cannot be consumed by vegans and vegetarians and neither by some religious groups.


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